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Definition of founder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    founder

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndər//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they founder
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndər//
     
    he / she / it founders
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndərz//
     
    past simple foundered
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndərd//
     
    past participle foundered
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndərd//
     
    -ing form foundering
    BrE BrE//ˈfaʊndərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaʊndərɪŋ//
     
    Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] founder (on something) (of a plan, etc.) to fail because of a particular problem or difficulty The project foundered after problems with funding. The peace talks foundered on a basic lack of trust. The venture might easily founder for want of capital to finance expansion.
  2. 2[intransitive] founder (on something) (of a ship) to fill with water and sink Our boat foundered on a reef. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. Word Originverb Middle English (in the sense ‘knock to the ground’): from Old French fondrer, esfondrer ‘submerge, collapse’, based on Latin fundus ‘bottom, base’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: founder